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Much of their clothing was made of wool collected from the sheep they kept.
Diereville noted their wool clothing when he visited in 1699-1700.
(Diereville, p. 85-96) It was warm and needed for the cold climate.
Flax was grown and used to make lighter summer clothes. The articles
of clothing were often dyed black or red.
In warm weather, they were moccasins made of leather, usually from the hides of moose, elk, or seal. To work the marshy dykes or when on boats, they used sabots. Sabots were wooded (usually willow) shoes.
The women would use looms to weave the rough materials into cloth. Since it took quite a bit of effort to make clothes from scratch, they would be worn until they fell apart. As Robert Hale remarked in 1731, the Acadians’ clothes were okay, but looked like “they were pitched on with pitchforks.” (The Founding of New Acadia, Brasseaux, p. 136-8; Diereville, p. 85-96; Hale, p. 234)
According to an account by Moise de Les Derniers, "they were fond of black and red with stripes down the leg, bunches of ribbon and long streamers." [Acadians Before Their Dispersal, Casgrain, p. 12]
• 18th Century Clothing
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